Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra India (PressExposure) October 01, 2007 -- Bharat Book Bureau, a leading market information distributor has tabled a report A Guide to Islamic Finance [http://www.bharatbook.com/detail.asp?id=50147]
Although the roots of Islamic finance lie in ancient Islamic principles, the development of Islamic finance as an industry is relatively new. Whilst conventional commercial banks provide financial intermediation services on the basis of interest (charged and paid), the basic premise of Islamic finance is the prohibition of interest. Islamic bankers have developed a number of instruments that can perform financial intermediation functions without the involvement of interest. From a small banking experiment in rural Egypt during the 1960s, Islamic finance is currently expanding at a rate of 10-15% per annum. It now represents a vast global practice and the preferred channel of banking for one fifth of humanity.
Rapid growth is expected for this industry and Islamic finance offers bright prospects for those involved. One of the reasons for this optimism is the huge amount of petro-dollars (estimated to be US$1.3 trillion) currently afloat due to the post Iraq war increase in oil prices. As a result of which, the number of high net worth individuals in the Middle East (of whom the majority are Muslim) has increased by 9.5% over the past few years. Consequently there is tremendous scope for developing and marketing new Islamic financial instruments and Shariâah compliant money managers are extremely well positioned.
In order to take advantage of this growth, familiarity with basic principles of Islamic finance is essential. The author of this new report, Munawar Iqbal, Dean of the School of Islamic Banking and Finance in International Islamic University, Islamabad does not assume such familiarity. He presents the fundamentals in a way that non-Muslim, non-Arabic speaking professionals may quickly grasp the principles. An extensive glossary of Arabic terms is also included.
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